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off the mark

Inaccurate or wrong. I never once said that! Your reporter's account is completely off the mark. I thought I knew what the real estate costs were around here, but wow, I was totally off the mark.
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off the mark

Fig. not quite exactly right. Her answer was a little off the mark. You were off the mark when you said we would be a little late to the party. It was yesterday, in fact!
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off the mark

Also, wide of the mark. Inaccurate, wrong, as in The forecast was off the mark, since unemployment is down, or His answers on the test were just wide of the mark. It is also put as miss the mark, meaning "be mistaken," as in The minister missed the mark when he assumed everyone would contribute to the supper. All these terms allude to mark in the sense of "a target," as do the antonyms on the mark and hit the mark, meaning "exactly right," as in He was right on the mark with that budget amendment, or Bill hit the mark when he accused Tom of lying. [Mid-1300s]
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off (or wide of) the mark

1 a long way away from an intended target. 2 incorrect or inaccurate.
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Title: The Off the Mark Science Fiction Picture Show Author: Mark Parisi Published by: Plan Nine Publishing ISBN: 1-929462-33-6 Price: USD9.95 Reviewer: Ann Sundqvist
He was out of form when last seen in January but has bounced back after a break more than once before and the yard got off the mark for the season with a big-priced winner at Windsor recently.
I wanted him to score to get himself off the mark and get that monkey off his back.
SHAFAFYA (trainer) SHAFAFYA should be able to get off the mark at the third attempt after luckless fourth in a Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Nottingham.
What a start Everton have made, particularly as they are usually slow off the mark and then forced to play catch-up.
He said: "Any notion that Mickey is giving up on the role are way off the mark. We'd love Tom Hardy to be involved, but he will not be playing me."
"It was good to get off the mark and while I tired after an hour or so my sharpness is returning.
* QUICK OFF THE MARK: New Giants centre Jamie Simpson is in training at the Giants but had a run-out for the Under 20s against Hull FC at Laund Hill
Admittedly he took a while to get off the mark, finally obliging at the fourth time of asking when winning a very average Doncaster event over seven furlongs.
Murton drew 1-1 with visitors Cramlington Town who were indebted to Nathan Rogerson's 85th-minute equaliser after Steve Turner got Murton off the mark.
Lowe was quick off the mark, firing Middlesbrough in front after just 10 minutes and he added a second two minutes later.
One of the most high-profile of recruits to the hurdling game in a while - he won over pounds 150,000 on the level - he got off the mark at the first time of asking at Newbury.
This three-year-old got off the mark last month at Roscommon, where she led a furlong from home and ran on strongly to beat 14 rivals in a seven-furlong maiden event.
"Obviously, the sale clearly showed that the Orangetown assessment was way off the mark," noted Schuller, "but the real issue is whether this is an isolated case or whether other local assessors have been equally remiss in accurately appraising the value of commercial real estate in Westchester and Rockland counties.